Marisa Miller Wolfson, creator of the award winning documentary film
Vegucated, took some time out to talk with me at the New York Green Festival about her film, her next projects, what inspires her, and easy first steps for people to take to transition to a healthier way of eating for personal health, the planet and the animals. Incorporating more healthy plant-based foods in place of animal-based foods can be easier than people think.
I’m really excited to bring you this interview. Marisa is such a warm, brilliant, kind person with a great sense of humor and personality to spare. With a belief that change is not just possible, it is inevitable, she is driven to keep the momentum going. She created this incredible film yet she humbly talks about how that was only the beginning. The next part begins the ‘real’ work.
On the agenda, turning this into a movement, creating online Vegucated Challenges, launching a community website, providing more resources and turn-key solutions to make it easy for anyone to host a screening, and creating a worldwide vegan buddy system. Well, here’s Marisa to explain it all…
I surprised her with the question about what inspires her, but she woke me up with her response. I was expecting something vegan-related. I love what she said, just brilliant… “Hearing from people who are making changes in their lives and not just going vegan…people take on challenges and become things that they never ever thought they could be. Because we define ourselves, we say “I’m not this”, “I’m not that.” You don’t know who you are. You don’t know what you’re capable of, so just give it a shot.”
Words to live by.
P.s. If you haven’t seen Vegucated, it’s a film for everyone. My die-hard omnivore friends loved it as much as my vegan friends. It inspired them to make some changes, to incorporate more healthy vegan foods into their diet, do meatless Mondays, and explore vegan versions of foods they love. They didn’t do a 180 but the wheels are churning. The film has a big impact, in large part due to how incredibly entertaining and engaging it is. Jam packed with information, inspiring stories unfold and weaving throughout the film there are many really funny moments. As you can tell, I really didn’t care for it, lol, as if! I loved it and chances are, you will too so check it out.
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